9 Groups of People Your Church Isn’t Reaching. Paul wrote the following in his first letter to the Corinthians:
BREAKING: Ontario passes ‘totalitarian’ bill allowing gov’t to take kids from Christian homes. TORONTO, June 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne Liberals have passed what critics describe as “totalitarian” Bill 89 by a vote of 63 to 23 on the last day before Queen’s Park adjourns for the summer. Pro-family advocates warn Bill 89 gives the state more power to seize children from families that oppose the LGBTQI and gender ideology agenda, and allows government agencies to effectively ban couples who disagree with that agenda from fostering or adopting children. Bill 89, or the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017, repeals and replaces the former Child and Family Services Act that governs child protection services, and adoption and foster care services.
Why Trump Can and Should Pull Out of Paris Climate Change Agreement. The 10 Points of Reformation For The Church Regarding Women – Welton Academy. Why Your Best Leaders Leave Your Church. It hurts when people leave.
It’s been said that people don’t quit organizations, they quit people. There are a million reasons why, over time, we can lose talented volunteers or staff members. Tim Keller: 3 Questions Fake Christians Can't Answer. Tim Keller offers a group of “questions designed to wake up sleeping Christians” in the following video.
His questions focus on three hallmarks of a growing relationship with God. These questions would make good small group material or could also be used when mentoring someone one-on-one. Evidence of God’s presence in your life How real has God been this week to your heart? Grace-Paced Living in a Burnout Culture. “I’m tired and I’m broken and I just need some rest.”
These were pastor Pete Wilson’s words when he announced his surprise resignation from Cross Point, a megachurch in Nashville. He went on: Leaders who lead on empty don’t lead well, and for some time now I’ve been leading on empty. And so I believe the best thing I can do is to step aside from Cross Point. . . . Why the Church Doesn't Need Any More Coffee Bars. More and more on my social media feeds I have been seeing a lot of churches boast of the cool, trendy new initiatives that they have begun.
I have seen pictures of coffee bars that resemble Starbucks. I have seen lighting that resembles one seen on Broadway. I Begged God to Make Me Straight & He Never Answered. Here's Why. I knew I was attracted to the same sex when I was seven—in some capacity, anyway.
I don’t think it’s physiologically possible to truly feel sexual attraction at such a young age. But I knew there was a drawing in me toward the same gender—and drawing that was more than what some would say is “natural” or “normal.” As I grew up in a rural Louisiana town and teenage hormones began to surge throughout my body, my drawing toward the same gender intensified—sexually and emotionally. While I was definitely not engulfed in the life of a church during my adolescence, I was raised in close enough proximity to religious things—and religious people—that I knew the Bible referenced homosexuality as an abominable thing. The Bible referenced to me as an abominable thing. Fox, Levine and Associates. I am a mom.
And I am a psychotherapist. I have actually been a psychotherapist longer than I have been a mom. She Only Said "Yes" Once. I stood on a stage in the church I’d grown up in.
I can only vaguely remember my wedding, but I’ll never forget seeing Allison emerge from the hallway at the back of the sanctuary. Beautiful. Looking up at me through her veil, she smiled. Here's How the New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel. Peek behind the curtain of some "progressive" or "hip" evangelical churches, past the savvy technology and secular music, and you will find more than just a contemporary worship service.
You'll find faith leaders encouraging young evangelicals to trade in their Christian convictions for a gospel filled with compromise. They're slowly attempting to give evangelicalism an "update"—and the change is not for the good. How Jesus Called Out False Teachers and Deadly Doctrine - Tim Challies. It’s a good time to be a false teacher and to espouse deadly doctrine.
It seems that today’s most brazen heretic will be granted a hearing and, in all likelihood, a book deal. Novelty is appealing, orthodoxy boring. It’s the ones who sound the warning and issue the challenge that bear the risk—the risk of being labelled “haters.” What Does The Shack Really Teach? “Lies We Believe About God” Tells Us - Tim Challies. The Shack has sold twenty million copies and along the way generated at least twenty million conversations. Many of these have been attempts to discern the fact behind the fiction, to interpret what Paul Young means to teach through his story.
Walk in the Word, James MacDonald Bible Teaching. T.D. Jakes Comes Out for ‘Gay Rights’ and ‘LGBT Churches,’ Says Position is ‘Evolving’ The Shack - Impressions. Over the holidays I read a good (and devastating) review of William P. (Paul) Young's The Shack in the most recent print edition of Books and Culture: A Christian Review (Jan/Feb 2010.) It was a reminder that I was one of the last people on the planet not to have read the book. So I did. So why write a blog post about it? It had sold 7.2 million copies in a little over 2 years, by June of 2009.
At the heart of the book is a noble effort—to help modern people understand why God allows suffering, using a narrative form. What My Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege. The phrase “white privilege” is one that rubs a lot of white people the wrong way. It can trigger something in them that shuts down conversation or at least makes them very defensive.
(Especially those who grew up relatively less privileged than other folks around them). The Shack - The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment - AlbertMohler.com. The publishing world sees very few books reach blockbuster status, but William Paul Young’s The Shack has now exceeded even that. The book, originally self-published by Young and two friends, has now sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into over thirty languages. It is now one of the best-selling paperback books of all time, and its readers are enthusiastic. According to Young, the book was originally written for his own children. In essence, it can be described as a narrative theodicy — an attempt to answer the question of evil and the character of God by means of a story. It's Not Black Folks' Burden To Forgive Racist Killers.
If you want to silence a black person’s pain, ask for forgiveness. For Christians Who Feel Betrayed By Christianity. Should Christians Partner with Non-Christians on Social Issues? Audio Transcript A question from a podcast listener named Peter: “Pastor John, being created in the image of God, many non-Christians have moral instincts on issues such as homosexuality and gender identity that reflect Christian morals.
Another Pastor Bites The Dust – robshep.com. A few months ago a prominent pastor was let go from the church he planted. This past Sunday another prominent pastor stepped down. Pete Wilson started an amazing church in Tennessee. The United Methodist Church’s Surprising Announcement. What Martin Luther King Jr. Said About Violence As Protest - IVN.us. Nasty Canaanite Women. A couple days ago there were “women’s marches” all over the country. Have These False Goddesses Infiltrated Your Church? A number of decades ago, many people exited traditional and mainline denominational churches because their needs were not being met, and they were hungry for the deeper things of God.
As a result, para-church organizations were raised up and played a key role in the training and discipleship of new converts. Bible schools were established to equip pastors and leaders. They Released 14 Wolves In A Park. But No One Was Prepared For THIS. What Happens Next Is A Miracle And Proves That We Must Take Care Of Our Amazing Planet. Have These False Goddesses Infiltrated Your Church? Dear Kids: What You Need to Know About Duck Dynasty, Justine Sacco, and Christmas – Ann Voskamp.
The System Didn’t Work. Dutch Sheets: "Election 2016: The Christian's Dilemma" Dear Fellow Believers, As you can tell from my greeting, I am writing primarily to you, the American Church. I am doing so personally, not representing Dutch Sheets Ministries. Though this is longer than the blogs I normally send, please read it as an urgent, heartfelt appeal. The sense of urgency I feel is hard to put in words. Reconsidering My Opposition to Trump. The polling has drawn ever closer. How I found my life's passion by asking myself these ridiculous questions.
Who Changed Things? Fitzgerald: Service on common is a rare public display. Shane Claiborne - Letter to Non-Believers by Shane Claibourne. What Media Get Wrong About Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity. You Won't Believe How Many Pastors Let LGBTs Serve in Church. Marco Rubio: Evangelicals Should Love Homosexuals, Not Judge Them. A Christian Approach to Same-Sex Marriage. . . Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice - Wayne Grudem.
How to Listen When You Disagree: A Lesson from the Republican National Convention — Urban Confessional. Turkey's Erdogan Declares Coup Over After Clashes Kill Dozens. The Gaslighted Child. 10 Reasons I Don’t Want to Be Your White Ally. Women Leaders in the Church // Kris Vallotton. Four Reasons Why Revival Is Not Enough - Bold Prophecy: Apostolic Women Arise and Pick Up Mantles of Old. Assemblies of God Pastor Sees Walkout after LGBT Rebuke TRUNEWS with Rick Wiles. The Gospel According to Ellen: Living a Practical Theology of Love. The Outrageous Attack on Conservative Christians After the Orlando Massacre. What the Bible Really Says About 'Transgender' What Non-Christians Really Think About Christians. Why You Need Apostolic Empowerment in Your Life. Twelve Different Kinds of Apostolic Leaders -
Conflicts: Our Laboratories of Love. The Tragic Elimination of the Apostolic From the Church. Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers. Confronting the Current Church Leadership Crisis. Say Hard Things. On “tough love” and your fat friend’s health.
Why Atheists Are 'Fools' Federal Court: Schools May Not Provide Separate Bathrooms Based on Biology. Overcome the Spirit of Rejection by Laying This Aside. The Rise of Evangelical Feminism. Bullet Journal for Professionals – Journaling on the Job. Comments. Silence the World with Good Deeds. Lana Vawser: "The Heart of the United States of America is Groaning" Reaching Your Unchurched Community the New Testament Way. How to Read a Book a Week. Leadership Journal. Did Moses Marry a Black Woman? : 9Marks. 12 Trail-Blazing Christian Women You Should Celebrate.
Divorcing Your Church. Are You a Kingdom Prophet or a Church Prophet?